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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

What should I wear? The annual Yukon Outfitters Association (YOA) ball was held Saturday 8 December at the Kwanlin Dűn Cultural Centre (KDCC). What do you wear to an outfitters ball? The two terms seem to be in contradiction to each other. I opted... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Sydney Oland

Grunt is a sweet fruit stew topped with fluffy dumplings, and anyone who grew up on the East Coast (or with parents from the East Coast) will immediately recognize this dessert. Read more

Recipes

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Kim Melton

“So, is this a boy bush or a girl bush?” I turned from arranging potted trees, at our weekly Farmer’s Market setup in Dawson, to see a fellow holding up a young haskap berry bush. He was scrutinizing it intently, though what he hoped to see, I’m... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Raspberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries: being on Yukon time means planning your weekends around where to pick once the – dare I say it? - latter part of summer rolls around and hints at fall. There is one berry fairly new to the... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Last year we had an early spring and I found the first prairie crocus blooming on April 1st. Most years the crocus blooms near the end of April. If you want to become a crocus hunter, don’t wait for all the snow to melt. If the daytime temperature... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Kim Melton

It struck me a couple days ago that I have gotten out of the habit of baking, and was missing having nibbly bites about for those mid-meal moments that require just a little something. I briefly mentally bemoaned my lack of muffins, before... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I extracted a small tub of raspberries from the freezer yesterday, comforted to see it near overflowing with the season's harvest. Though saskatoons and blueberries came in in droves this year, the raspberries that made it to the freezer were few... Read more

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

For me, the summer of 2016 has been the best berry year ever. My berry season starts with wild strawberries and they were bigger than ever this year. Wild raspberries are almost always abundant. Our famous Yukon cranberries are looking extremely... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Katherine Bunce

I recently discovered a great trick for keeping strawberries fresher for longer: wash them in a one part vinegar to 10-parts water solution, then leave them out to dry before storing them in the fridge. There’s no vinegar aftertaste, and your... Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Gillian Martin

What am I doing? It is -45 C and I am starting to feel trapped. I haven’t left the house - unless you count visits to the outhouse or to grab more wood, which at these temperatures are so quick that they hardly bear mentioning. I haven’t left the.. Read more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

Kinnikinnick’s Latin name, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, comes from arctos and ursi meaning bear and staphylos and uva meaning bunch of grapes. Amazing: the taste of those little grapes! I just tried something I had never tried before, but had read... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

At the beginning of January I set myself the task, for 2016, of clearing the cupboard of experimental aquavits, infused spirits and liqueurs. A task that was easier set than done, especially when the experimental beverage, put up with such hope... Read more

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Issue: 2015-11-26 Photo: Rick Massie

Many people enjoy harvesting berries in preparation for the long winter months. Although I have a busy schedule as a caregiver at my family day home, Trinin Tsul Zheh (which means the home of the little children in the Gwichin language), each... Read more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Before I get into to the juicy details, a little dry semantics: high bush vs low bush. And I love that I live in a place where no one need make any lewd jokes. Cranberries, of course, are the subject. Growing up, I only knew of one kind, harvested... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

“What are you doing? Are you sure you can eat that??!!” We were looking for my friend’s runaway cat in Riverdale’s green belt when I stopped to eat some berries. Having skipped breakfast to join the search party, I was thankful for a snack. Read more

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO: Winnifred Peterson

In the summer of 2002, a friend and I were travelling back from Haines, Alaska to Whitehorse. A few miles before Haines Junction we noticed several cars stopped on the highway. I thought there must be an animal by the road that had attracted ... Read more

Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Kim Melton

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! I didn’t know how much I was anticipating berry season until I saw my first ripe raspberry dripping its glowing red drupelets from a bush south of Whitehorse. And with it, I know, are coming Saskatoons, ... Read more

Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-07-16 Photo: Miche Genest

Gin is the quintessential summer spirit, especially for those of us who live above the 49th parallel. Rum, tequila, and bourbon more properly belong to the south, evoking sea and sand and dreamy afternoons under the liveoak tree. Read more

Beverages

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June 12

In spring, while we wait for the snow to melt, we check on the chives to see if there will be enough for a taste. Once the snow is gone we keep an eye on the rhubarb. This year I was also watching for asparagus to return... Read more

Farm - Garden

For some, this is evidence of a balance between good and bad, for others it is proof that we can have our cake and eat it too. Ice on the puddles is an indication that a transformation is taking place inside one of the Yukon's favourite wild foods: c Read more

Wild Harvest